Many garden owners dream of using the garden house as a permanent residence. But there are a few things to consider before you stay in the garden permanently.The little man's home
Almost 36 million people in Germany were the proud owners of a garden in 2016. In relation to the total population of the Federal Republic, that's about 44 percent. I think it will become apparent that the garden, as the dearest child, may soon outstrip the car. Unfortunately, the statistics do not show where the garden is located. On the one hand, the green gem can belong to your own property, on the other hand, there are tenants who have leased a parcel in an allotment system. The garden is particularly important for the latter, as they can find peace and relaxation here and, above all, can be in the fresh air. It comes as no surprise when the idea of moving all the way into the garden comes up.
1. Living in the garden - is that allowed?
Before you start packing your bags, the question arises whether it is legally permitted to live permanently in the garden. Unfortunately, there is no flat-rate answer, because approval always depends on the local authorities. Therefore, ask the board of your allotment garden how it is in your specific case.
The federal allotment law says the following:
The lessor can terminate the allotment lease contract if, despite a written warning from the lessor, the lessor continues non-allotment use or does not insignificantly violate other obligations that affect the use of the allotment garden, in particular the arbor used for permanent living, leaves the property to a third party without authorization, does not remedy significant management defects within a reasonable period of time or refuses monetary or other community services for the allotment system.
As is well known, exceptions confirm the rule, which is why it is quite possible that an application for permission to live in the garden will be handled differently from state to state.
2. Live seasonally or permanently in the garden?
Warm summer nights invite you to spend the night in the garden during the warm months. Those who take the first step directly into nature in the morning go to work much more motivated. In this case, the garden or the garden house becomes a second home. The decor is more reminiscent of a holiday, as dishes and everyday utensils are limited to the essentials. Should something be missing, there is still the option to drive into the apartment and get “supplies”.
Those who want to permanently move their residence to the garden have a little more effort. You are practically swapping your home for a new one and will have to restrict yourself in terms of space. Unfortunately, the massive leather couch or high-gloss kitchen cannot move into the garden shed, you have to be aware of that. Either you separate yourself consistently from anything that no longer has a place in the garden, or you store your furniture. Fortunately, the possibility of renting storage space is no longer a commercial privilege. As has been practiced on www.box4you.ch for decades, private individuals can also rent containers in which all their belongings can be stored temporarily. Experience shows that self-storage is a better choice. This leaves a back door open if you don't like it in the garden in the long run. In this case, you have to look for a new apartment, but you do not have to buy completely new furniture.
3. Is your garden house suitable for winter?
The decision to live in the garden is usually made on days when the weather is at its best. But do not forget that autumn and winter are also just around the corner and it can get really uncomfortable in the garden shed. So you absolutely need a heating source, either in the form of a gas / oil heater or as an electric oven. The comparison at www.gartenhaus-gmbh.de shows which model suits you best. For security reasons, it is also important here that you, as the lessee, take care of a permit. The hygienic requirements are no less important. Toilet and shower should be available.
A tip at the end: think of burglary security
The long finger likes to get into gardens, we can read in the daily press almost every day. If you live in the garden, you have all your belongings there. In order not to stand in front of an empty garden shed one day, you have to make your small home burglar-proof. The biggest weak point is the window and door area, which can be protected with security systems that have been specially designed for the garden house - to be found on www.blaupunkt-sicherheitssysteme.de.